Cable's Length II

Cable's Length II

Mon Jul 2 13:45 2018 NZST
Run: 176.3nm (319.1km)
17 35S 177 26E
Weather: 5knts SE, 1019 baro

Arrived Lautoka 4:00 AM SATURDAY morning. Apologies for not updating YIT. We had notified customs for a Saturday clearance but we didn't know that last Friday was a public holiday making it a long weekend. All agencies were short staffed as a result but it was compounded by the arrival of a cruise ship in Denarau, coincidently at the same time 4:00am. Consequently we weren't cleared until 6:30 PM. We have now been to the market and Vodafone so we are back on the air. Russell has arrived and is onboard. Very windy today so we will head off tomorrow morning. All good onboard.

Fri Jun 29 6:36 2018 NZST
Speed: 8.5knts
Run: 198.7nm (359.6km)
Avg: 8.3knts
24hr: 198.3nm
20 04S 176 49E
Weather: 24knts SE, 1019 baro

Wind and boat speed almost unchanged for over 12 hours. A few squalls and a shower last night. Swell is probably under 2m but the wind has pushed up the sea. 100% cloud cover. 130 miles to Navula passage so we'll arrive early hours Saturday. All good onboard. Now for one of lifes little mysteries. We have a 'Windex' on the top of our mast (like most yachts). For those at home, its a small plastic pointer 300mm long, two small aluminum wires holding a bit of reflector tape. Just sits up there to tell you which way the wind is blowing. Weighs nothing. Our mast is 22m off the deck. Well yesterday morning I found the Windex sitting on the side deck (which is not much wider than the Windex) by the saloon window. In these condition ... the little guy wasn't ready to leave us. We are all fine.

Thu Jun 28 6:33 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 164.5nm (297.7km)
Avg: 6.9knts
24hr: 165.5nm
22 56S 176 35E
Weather: 14knts SE, 1021 baro

A good 24 hours sailing. Wind and sea behind us so a good ride. Swell has dropped to 2m. Mostly clear skies but a couple for nasty squalls during the night. Wind dropped off a few hours ago. ETA now Saturday AM. All good onboard.

Wed Jun 27 6:42 2018 NZST
Speed: 8.5knts
Run: 156.3nm (282.9km)
Avg: 6.5knts
24hr: 157nm
25 15S 175 59E
Weather: 22knts SSW, 1021 baro

A consistent breeze and finally making good time (almost) in the right direction. Having to jibe with a SSW wind. Great little sail with a 2m SSE following sea. Clear skies. We'll know today when the winds turns SSE whether we have made up enough time for a Friday arrival or if it goes out to Saturday. All good onboard.

Tue Jun 26 6:48 2018 NZST
Speed: 6.5knts
Run: 161.3nm (292km)
Avg: 6.6knts
24hr: 159nm
27 29S 176 23E
Weather: 14knts SW, 1020 baro

At 6:00am LT 514 nm elapsed 595 nm remaining. Clear skies. A mixed bag of conditions with periods of 12knt winds, no wind prior to squally rain, followed by 3 hours of 24 knt winds and now we're back 12/14knts. Great sailing at 10knts plus after the squalls in low sea conditions. Great photos of being ringed by rain and magnificent cloud formations. All good onboard.

Mon Jun 25 6:27 2018 NZST
Speed: 7knts
Run: 167.5nm (303.2km)
Avg: 8.2knts
24hr: 196.1nm
29 48S 176 04E
Weather: 14knts NNW, 1020 baro

Good to be sailing after two slow days of no wind! 374 nm elapsed 714 nm remaining. Clear skies. Some pockets of rain over night. All good onboard.

Sun Jun 24 9:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 159.8nm (289.2km)
32 11.36S 175 35.55E
Weather: 3knts S, flat sea, no clouds, 1020 baro

Motoring! 263 nm elapsed 872 nm remaining. Slow progress. Still hopeful for a Friday arrival Lautoka. Not quite as cold as last night so we must be heading in the right direction. All good onboard.

Sun Jun 24 9:57 2018 NZST
Speed: 6knts
Run: 102.2nm (185km)
34 29s 175 15e
Weather: 12kts mostly clear skies. Very cold without the diesel heaters. Bar 1020

At 6:00am. Light winds 10 to 12 kts S to SSE all day and through the night. Awkward angle so having to jibe while motor sailing. All good onboard.

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